Learn how to keep a pet jumping spider

Close up image of a jumping spider
Phidippus Audax (bold jumping spider)

Phidippus Audax

Phidippus Audax Phidippus audax belongs to the Salticidae family. They are also commonly known as the bold jumping spider or bold jumper. Name In their

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phidippus regius female jumping spider

Phidippus Regius

Phidippus Regius The phidippus regius, also known as P. regius or the regal jumping spider, is a member of the Salticidae family. The regal jumping

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Fresh exoskeleton molted from a regal jumping spider


Molting As they grow and mature, jumping spiders go through a fascinating process called molting. Jumping spiders can molt between six to nine times during

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Jumping spider sat on a piece of bark
Jumping spider stood on the underside of a leaf

Jumping spiders can jump up to 40 times their body length

Unsurprisingly, jumping spiders do actually have the ability to jump. This ability comes from their back legs; they rely on their segmented legs and hemolymph (or blood, to you and I) flow to do this. 


When a jumping spider wants to jump, they do so by suddenly increasing the hemolymph pressure in their two or four back legs by contracting the muscles in the top half of their bodies. This causes their legs to extend, propelling them forward.


Jumping spiders lack the leg muscles that some hopping insects, like grasshoppers, have.

One of the most popular pet arachnids

Jumping spiders – particularly the subspecies Phidippus Regius – have soared in popularity in recent years. Users on social media platforms, like TikTok and Instagram, have taken to promoting their pet jumping spiders as well as teaching people about them. 


These tiny creatures are not only adorable but also relatively easy to care for. This makes jumping spiders great pets not only for expert arachnid-keepers but also for beginners.

Jumping spider sat on a piece of bark
Jumping spider stood on the underside of a leaf